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Season 2 - Episode 202

click for larger image Inspired by the heritage and beauty of her native India, muralist and painter Geeta Dave brings a fierce passion to her art, her teaching, and her community. In Denver, a master craftsman creates trumpets with a personally hand-crafted sound, a Houston architect gives us a modern take on the Kit Home, and Florida photographer Craig Royal creates fine art abstract images from the interplay of water, reflections of light and wind – all while being visually impaired. The epic poem Evangeline has been adopted as a Cajun legend, and is a Louisiana Treasure.

Season 2 - Episode 201

click for larger image Photographer A.J. Meek presents his latest work, The Healing Presence, Photographs of the Sky and Children’s Perceptions of Hope. In Denver, the spirit of innovation is woven through contemporary Native American art at the “Cross Currents” exhibit, a European cellist brings his passion to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and in Florida, Lisa Frasier sculpts whimsical animals out of clay. The historic and diverse neighborhood of Spanish Town in Baton Rouge is a Louisiana Treasure.

Season 1 - Episode 115

click for larger image Inspired by modern art, poet Ed Ruzicka finds creative expression through language; when panoramic photography is taken to the extreme, one artist creates “little planets;” Melissa Janda combines her love for traditional stained glass with painting; housing the studios of 80 local artists, The Hub in New Smyrna Beach, Florida has a powerful creative vibe. Briarwood is not the only legacy of naturalist Caroline Dormon, but this Louisiana Treasure was at the center of her world.

Season 1 - Episode 114

click for larger image Painter Julie Crews loves working with oils, and has come to value the intimate space she finds between the artist and the canvas; Bonnie Gale uses willow to create outdoor living structures; a new interpretation of The Tempest comes to Las Vegas; and we chill out to the jazz piano of Grammy-winning musician Billy Childs. A Louisiana Treasure is designated a World Heritage Site, adding to the accolades for Poverty Point.

Season 1 - Episode 113

click for larger image Potter Denise Austin discovered a new artistic passion in working with clay, she also found it a comfort upon first moving her studio to Hammond, Louisiana; a new American dance company, Wonderbound, erases boundaries between mediums, engaging dancers with their audiences; painter Jerry Misko, a Las Vegas native, finds inspiration in the city’s famous neon signs; and techno music is celebrated in the city where it started, Detroit, Michigan. In our Louisiana Treasures segment, we’ll visit some of the sites on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

Season 1 - Episode 112

click for larger image Over the course of her career, painter Jerry Wray has influenced the community of Shreveport both as an artist and an art teacher; an Arizona craftsman uses his skills in engineering to make one-of-a-kind wheelchairs for the disabled; the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York has reopened with a new exhibition, “A New Deal for a New Generation;” and artist Amanda Louise Spayd creates endearing doll-sized creatures that come alive through animation. A Master Folk Artist whose spinning and weaving skills were passed down in her family, the late Gladys LeBlanc Clark helped keep the craft alive with her focus on Cajun Textiles, so these traditions can remain a Louisiana Treasure.

Season 1 - Episode 111

click for larger image Author Lana Laws Downing was inspired by her mother’s stories of growing up in a remote Louisiana lumber camp in the 1920’s, and used the historic site as the setting for her book of short stories; photographs that capture a child’s spirit are used to match foster children with adoptive parents at the Heart Gallery; the whimsical structures by Patrick Dougherty are made of twigs, along with the combined imaginations of the artist and the surrounding community; and an Arizona Recycle Artist turns his tin can sculptures into acts of human kindness. We also reveal how dancing in a Second Line reinforces a cultural tradition that is a Louisiana Treasure.

Season 1 - Episode 110

click for larger image Louisiana artist Luz-Maria Lopez draws upon the folk tales of the Mayan and Aztec people of her native Honduras; a ceramic artist from California grew up with clay in his hands – now his sculptures, based on childhood memories, are cast in bronze; a master of the western art of rawhide braiding shares the method and the beauty of this dying art; and glass artist Steven Monser shares his thoughts on the time sensitive art of glassblowing. In our Louisiana Treasures segment, the venerable Shadows-on-the-Teche in New Iberia is the only property in the state managed by the prestigious National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Season 1 - Episode 109

click for larger image Follow the Journey of a Dance as two dance forms, Indian Kathak and Spanish Flamenco, share the stage in Baton Rouge; a work of art celebrating the cartoons of Billy Ireland is installed at the cartoon library and museum at Ohio State University that bears his name; traditional photography combines with digital media as artist Tony Carosella creates interactive portraits; and the top quilts in the world are works of art at Houston’s International Quilt Festival. Skilled wooden boat builders have developed watercraft to fill the specific needs of those living along the bayous and waterways of south Louisiana. These traditional designs are featured as a Louisiana Treasure.

Season 1 - Episode 108

click for larger image Frank Thompson is a multi-talented Louisiana craftsman who concentrates today on modern, fused glass and metal artwork; in Ohio, an installation artist enhances a building with mirrors to create an exciting workspace; ceramic artist, Sara Swink, uses her inner child and psyche to create compelling characters in clay; and an architect who designed living quarters on NASA space craft turns his knowledge to an Earth bound vehicle for exploration. Authentic Cajun homes and buildings have been preserved and moved to a site in Lafayette that comprises the Louisiana Treasure called Acadian Village.
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